By Uriel C. Quilinguing
Contributing Editor .
CANVASSING of election returns can be completed within 24 hours, but it took the provincial board of canvassers (PBOC) of Bukidnon five days to complete the task because of 175 defective secured digital (SD) cards that caused the delay, provincial election supervisor Milber Alinas said.
“Bukidnon had the second most number of defective SD cards nationwide, behind Zamboanga del Sur with 310,” said Alinas, who also chaired the PBOC.
Because of this, the Bukidnon PBOC officially terminated its function 10 am of May 18, the day winners in the elections for representatives in the four legislative districts, for governor, vice governor, and eight provincial board members were made known.
Those proclaimed were led by reelected Gov. Jose Ma. Zubiri Jr., Vice Gov. Rogelio Quiño and representatives Malou Acosta of the 1st District, John Flores of the 2nd District, unopposed Manuel Zubiri of the 3rd District, and Rogelio Neil Roque of the 4th district.
Bukidnon is Northern Mindanao’s most populous province with 875,634 registered voters in 1,157 clustered precincts.
Alinas said he was not in the exit conference hosted by Camp Alagar Thursday as he was at the Comelec main office to personally bring nine ballot boxes for the required manual audit and to submit vital election-related documents.
“The nine ballot boxes are for the manual audit. These will be manually counted and tabulated and then to be compared to the vote counting machine-generated result,” the provincial election supervisor said.
With Alinas in the PBC were acting provincial prosecutor Rommel Alonto, vice chairperson, and schools division superintendent Cherry Mae Limbaco, member and secretary.